Mustang Messenger

2018-2019 School Year: Volume 36: Week of June 3, 2019

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Be the Best YOU at Grandview!!!

It's the Final Countdown

Dear Families,

I feel like I need to start singing Europe's 80's song, "The Final Countdown." 9 1/2 field assessments....different lunch schedule....bulletin boards are coming down and most importantly, classroom reflections and celebrations. Be sure to take time over these next two weeks to reflect with your child of their successes and accomplishments this year. Some of your students may be reflecting on their academic accomplishments and others might reflect on their behavioral accomplishments. Both are important as we foster and instill independence and integrity with these students.

Thank you to all of the parents that helped out at Field Day! It was a huge success and the kids had a BLAST playing games and having fun!

This issue is the second to last Mustang Messenger. There is a lot of information included to help your children spend time learning this summer. Do not have your child fall victim to the "summer slide." Too much learning has happened this year and it needs to keep going throughout the summer.

Let's end on a powerful and positive note Grandview!!!

Your Proud Principal,

Melissa Carruth, Ed.S

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Field Day Fun -- Thanks to the parents that came out to help make this day special!

Summer Opportunities

What is Summer Slide?

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. A few key facts about summer slide:

  • Learning and achievement are perishable. The average student loses a month of academic-calendar learning each summer.
  • Students see greater academic dips in math than in reading.
  • Children not reading over the summer can fall on an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
  • Students from households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from households without access to books
  • Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.
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How can your Child Not Fall Victim to the Summer Slide?

Here are a few ways to address and prevent summer slide....

  • Access to books is critical. The public library is an excellent free resource for families to have access to books of a wide range of interests and reading levels, as well as librarians to guide children and families in selecting great books.
  • When children select reading materials themselves and read for enjoyment, they receive the most gains in reading achievement, including better reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical development.
  • Summer programs, such as those offered at Grandview and the public libraries, that allow and encourage children to choose what they read are likely to be most successful.
  • Children and teens tend to read more when adults in their lives encourage them to read, and also when they see those adults reading often themselves.
  • Children that feel that reading is fun tend to read more often, so summer programs that help make reading enjoyable and social are most successful.
  • Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.
  • Preventing summer slide is most effective when community organizations—including schools, public libraries, community centers, parent groups, social service agencies, and others—work together to encourage kids to read, make reading fun, and to reach families about the importance of reading over the summer.
  • Parents, caregivers, and other adults can help stem summer slide by reading themselves, as children that see adults in their lives reading often tend to read more themselves.

Summer Reading Program at Grandview

Grandview is offering a summer reading program. It will be held at Grandview. Each week will offer different engaging activities and every week your child will have access to the Grandview library to get books.

Location: Grandview Library

Time: 9-11:30


  • June 26
  • July 10
  • July 17
  • July 24
  • July 31
  • Aug 7
  • Aug 14
  • Aug 21

Other Ideas

Looking for other ideas or are unable to attend Grandview Summer Reading Program, here are a few other ideas that you can partake in this summer....

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Livonia Parks and Rec Grant Opportunity

The City of Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is offering students who are on free or reduced lunch the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $300 to pay for Parks and Rec program participation. Grant applicants must be a Livonia resident.

Please see attachment for grant application.

Calling all 5th Graders (Incoming 6th Graders) -- Great Summer Opportunity!!

Registration is now open for middle school students looking to participate in a hands-on, project based learning program centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM concepts.

Each camp is grade-specific and enables students to experience culinary arts, engineering, health sciences, information technology, robotics and visual imaging. Students will also have the opportunity to visit STEM-related programs at Oakland University and will create professional portfolios during a career day.

The camps are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free after-camp care is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The camp will run for incoming sixth graders from June 24-28, for incoming seventh graders from July 8-12 and incoming eighth graders from July 15-19.

The camp is housed at all four Oakland Schools Technical Campus locations:

  • OSTC Northeast, 1371 N. Perry Street, Pontiac, 48340
  • OSTC Northwest, 8211 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, 48346
  • OSTC Southeast, 5055 Delemere Avenue, Royal Oak, 48073
  • OSTC Southwest, 1000 Beck Road, Wixom, 48393

The cost is $190 a week, including lunch and snack. Dinner is provided to students who stay for after-camp care.

Band Concert

Grandview and Botsford band has a concert on Wednesday, JUne 5th at the High School at 7:00 pm under the direction of Mr. Altovilla. Hope you are able to hear this great group of musicians.

No Smoking on School Property

With the weather getting warmer and Grandview baseball in full swing, a reminder about NO SMOKING on school property. It is against State of Michigan law to smoke on school property. The parking lot and the baseball field are considered school property. Please see the law below.

Act 328 of 1931

750.473 Use of tobacco product on school property prohibited; violation as misdemeanor; definitions; applicability of subsection (1) to outdoor areas.

5th Grade Baby Picture

In sticking with Grandview tradition, we are looking for baby pictures of all 5th graders. If you have a digital picture of your 5th grader, please email it to Lisa Piontek at If you have a hard copy, please drop it off at the main office or put it in an envelope with your child. Be sure to have their name on the back of the picture. We would like all pictures in by Monday, June 3rd.

Do you have a graduate in your home? If so, mark your calendar....

Do you have a kindergartner in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for Kindergarten graduation for Thursday, June 13th at 1:30 at Grandview.

Do you have a 5th grader in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for 5th grade graduation for Friday, June 14th at 9:00 at Grandview. Followed by the traditional clap-out at 11:30.

Do you have a senior, 12th grader, in your home?

  • If so, mark your calendar for Friday, June 7th at 1:30 at Grandview. Graduates will do an elementary graduation walk. They are to report to the elementary school they attended, at 1:30 on Friday and meet in the gym. They are to bring their cap and gown and the elementary staff will greet them and line them up. You will walk the halls and wave and celebrate with the teachers and students. If your graduate did not attend Botsford or Grandview, they can choose whichever one the graduate wishes. They will be done around 1:45 pm.

Open FOG position

Our FOG secretary had to step down. We have two names of interested parents wanting to run for the secretary position. Elections will be held in the fall for these positions. If you are interested, please reach out to either Jaime Liss or Melissa Carruth if you are interested.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year

2 buttons have been added to the Clarenceville district home page. One button, entitled Schools of Choice, is for people who do not live in district, but would like to enroll their child into the Clarenceville School District for the 2019-2020 school year. The other button, entitled Pre-enrollment, is for incoming kindergarten families or new families that moved into the district. If you are an incoming kindergarten family, that does not live in the district, you need to fill out the Schools of Choice forms, even if you have another child attending Grandview. After you have your forms completed, you need to supply the Grandview office with the necessary residency documentation. Questions, contact the Grandview main office.

School of Choice Deadline

The School of Choice deadline has been extended. It is open now and it closes Friday, August 23rd by 4:00 pm. Remember if you are currently a school of choice student, you have been accepted into our district and do not need to fill out the application again. Though all new students, including siblings, that live outside of the Clarenceville school district, do need to fill out the application.

Grandview Baseball

Below is the 2019 baseball schedule.

Any questions call / text Tom (248) 719-1058.

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What is CEF and how can I support?

CEF stands for the Clarenceville Educational Foundation. Since 2014, the CEF has been supporting the Clarenceville School District. The mission of the Clarenceville Education Foundation is to enhance the resources available to students and teachers of the Clarenceville School District in order to foster and expand educational opportunities for programs impacting students.

CEF Goals

Enhance student learning and teacher effectiveness by putting resources into the classrooms for items the district cannot fund.

  • Provide scholarships
  • Reward achievement growth and promote a desire to learn
  • Provide technology enhancements to encourage new approaches to teaching & learning
  • Deliver enrichment opportunities
  • Provide mini – grants to enhance and sustain programs

Want to Support CEF, here is how?

  • Every Thursday is Clarenceville Education Foundation Trojan Day at Fantastic Sam's.
  • Come to a CEF Event....Lace Up Clarenceville, Reverse Raffle Dinner, Golf and Bowling Outing
  • Link your Amazon Prime Account to the Clarenceville Educational Foundation

Safety First

I lead the building with safety first as the priority. Please take the extra steps and time to keep Grandview safe. A few safety procedures reminders.

  • During the school day, no one can enter the building through any door, but the front door.
  • Everyone needs to sign in and get a sticker if you wish to walk towards the classrooms during the school day. Staff indicated that they are unsure if the adults in the building have signed in and look to see the visitor stickers. I know that we are familiar faces to the office, but not all of the staff knows all of the faces, so please take the extra steps to sign-in.
  • If you have a GSRP or Pre-school student, after dropping your little one off, please do not walk through the hallways. If you wish to get your other child to class, please walk around to the front and sign in. It seems like a silly extra step, but arrival and dismissal is very hectic and all adults should be identified.

In need of Milk and Water Gallon Jugs

Mrs. Duplessis is in need of cleaned out and emptied milk and water gallon jugs. She is doing a learning unit about recycling, as well as, research. Please read the letter below to see how you can help this amazing learning opportunity! She has collected over 250, but would love 450!!
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Transportation Changes

The end of the day is VERY hectic for the office. Changes to your child's transportation at the end of the day adds to the confusion. We want all of Grandview students to get home safely, therefore, we will NOT take any changes to transportation after 3:00. We know emergencies come up, but we want to ensure the message reaches your child so that is why we are setting this time.

Custody Information

Please notify the school office if there are changes to your child’s custody that restricts one biological parent’s access to school records or to the child. Parents must supply a copy of the court order that outlines the restrictions.


Please do not send your child back to school the next day after being sent home with a fever. Your child has to be fever free for 24 hours in order to return to school.

Kroger and Grandview

We received over $130 from Kroger from our last reporting. Thank you to all of you who have added Grandview to your account. We have 36 households that have signed up, but I know we can have more.

Though know that it is never too late to sign-up and join!!! So shop away, Grandview is benefitting from your grocery shopping!

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Simply encourage your participants to visit Once logged into their Kroger account they can search for Friends of Grandview either by name or TH003 and then click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a rewards card.

*Customers must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link to your organization.
*If a member does not yet have a Kroger rewards card, please let them know they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your organization until after your participants register their rewards card.
Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Bookflix for Grandview Families

The Michigan eLibrary did not renew their subscription to Bookflix. We found great value in this site for our children. Therefore, Grandview purchased a school subscription that allows teachers and students to use the following username and password to access Bookflix at home and at school. Please feel free to use this at home. The link is as follows.....

There is a link on the Library symbaloo and will be putting a link under the student links on the Clarenceville website.

Username: grandvw

Password: flix

If you click on the apple and book in the top right corner, it takes you to a Resources and Tools page where you can search for books, search by themes, running times and grade levels.

This is another way to engage your students with their learning at home.


Transportation Changes

Do not rely on just the office for transportation changes. It is important that you also put it in writing in an email to the teacher. If you alert the teacher and the office, chances are better that the message is delivered accurately. We have so many transportation changes at the end of the day that makes us uneasy that a mistake could occur. Please do not make a change after 3:00!!

Job Opportunity

Looking for a job in the fall!!

We are hiring noon aides for the 2019-2020 school year. Stop in the office, fill out a background check and join the fun!!! Great hours and great fun!!

Lunch Menu

The menu is not typical this week nor next week. Here is the menu for the next two weeks...

  • This Week:

    • Monday: Cook’s Choice or PB and Jelly

    • Tuesday: Taco or Grilled Cheese

    • Wednesday: Drumsticks or Cooks Choice

    • Thursday: Burger or Ham and Cheese

    • Friday: Pizza or Chicken Patties

  • Last Week of School:

    • No Lunch Friday

    • Monday-Thursday is Cooks Choice

Box Tops

Now is the time to turn in all of the Box Tops you have saved over the summer including all of the Back to School Bonus Box Tops. Please send them to school in a baggie and give them to your child’s teacher. The class will the most Box Tops collected will win a prize!

Important Dates and Upcoming Dates

June 4th: Principal Breakfast = Effort

5th Grade DIA Field Trip = 10-1:30 pm

June 5th: Recess & Pizza Party for Safeties

Band Concert at the high school at 7:00 pm

June 6th: Student Council afternoon Party

June 7th: High School Grad Walk at their Elementary School @ 1:30 pm

June 10th: 2nd and Kinder Field Trip

June 11th: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Henry Ford

June 13th: Kinder Graduation @1:30 pm

5th Grade Boat Trip

Board Meeting @ 6:30

June 14th: 5th Grade Graduation @ 9 am, Clap-out at 11:00

Last day of School - 1/2-day

Please Connect

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